Only eight hearted songs! I think this monthly tracks thing has done it’s dash. I can highly recommend Lambchop covering Wilco and the two Letterbox Lambs tracks.
Towards the end of August and in the first week of September I pretty much only listened to Siamese Dream. It been one of those months.
I started off the month on a kind of Americana trip, listing from country hip-hop to local country acts. I only found out about Delaney Davidson last year, when his album with Barry Saunders came out. It’s a cracker.
Random tunes made up the latter half. Kanye and Tay Tay. An old Flaming Lips tune. All over the show and yet all totally my MO, most notably Push Push (Lady Lightning) by Bang Camaro, a ridiculous band I would totally love to see live.
I was dubious but the playlist actually holds up as I listen to it typing this a couple weeks later.. My favourite song in the list is by the 3Ds, of course. But that Jimmie Allen/Nelly track is pretty great, too.
This month’s liked tracks started out with a deep cut from the Kinks and ended with Al Green by way of a fairly eclectic mix of artists and styles.
A decent chunk of the tracks are by NZ artists that featured on The Local List NZ. Not all the tracks are my usual style but they all caught my ear enough for me to want to play them a few times. The Kelsy Karter‘s Harry has an infectious, dumb chorus that’ll get stuck in your head for days. And the Stick To Your Guns hits all the hair metal power ballad buttons. Stupid Crazy by eleven7four really isn’t that good when I think about it but I never hit the skip button. The best track of the kiwi ones is Call You Out by deryk, who seems to be being hyped as the the next Lorde. It’s a good song, more Portishead than Lorde.
Other tracks are a mix of old-to-me songs that I hadn’t put on the liked list. The Amanda Palmer cover of The Mess Inside comes from a compilation that accompanied the first season of I Only Listen To The Mountain Goats. I think I prefer this version to the original.
July was a fun month for me music-wise. I’m looking forward to what August brings.
June was not a month where I paid much attention to music. I normally start giving the playlist for the current a decent amount of play in the last week and carry that through the start of the next one but the opportunities didn’t come up this month.
The best “new to me” song was Cumberland Gap by David Rawlings along with Gillian Welch. It’s a cracking tune, the opener for the latest Guy Ritchie flick, The Gentlemen. I enjoyed the film but song stuck with me.
The rest of the tracks are good individually, but the whole playlist is kinda weird and meh. July has been pretty slim pickings so far, but hopefully it’ll include some gems.
I haven’t listened to this playlist yet. I can’t remember some of the tracks. The Wilco deep cut, and the Weyes Blood song? No idea.
Manowar, though. I’ve remember listening to the kings of metal a lot over the last couple weeks. To quote John Peel, they’re “a breath of foul air.”
For some reason WordPress can’t embed the playlist, but that doesn’t matter. Everyone, go listen to Manowar.
Another relatively eclectic mix, I guess.
My favourite “new to me” track is Shooter Jennings’s cover of Walk Of Life. That was my first ever favourite song. I was ten and I danced with a girl I “liked” while it played. This version is fucking great.
After watching a bunch of Amoeba Records What’s In My Bag videos, I went on a Satch Plays Fats kick for a few days. A few tracks are from that rabbit hole.
Fade Into You wasn’t already in my liked tracks and the day I after I added it the news that David Roback had died came out.
You can listen to the full playlist below.
January was a month of camping and travel. I didn’t play a whole lot of stuff deliberately until the last few days when I went of something of a later-Wilco trip, triggered by getting a copy of Uncut magazine’s Wilcovered covers collection.
I’ve been Wilco (The Album) the short shrift for a decade. It’s an excellent collection of songs and stands up as well as anything Wilco have put out. Tracks from it make up half the playlist. Bull Black Nova is probably my favourite.
Pearl Jam released Dance Of The Claiirvoyants in January. Pearl Jame are trying a new direction and style with this track. I listened to it a few times the day it came out and liked it. But I couldn’t even hum it now, so maybe tapping the heart icon was premature?
The rest of the top tracks are a hangover from sitting in the sun with random “radio” streams on in the background. Favourite among those is Holly by Aussie muso Hayley Mary.
I haven’t gone back and listened to this playlist yet. Much of December’s listening was Spotify radio tunes and nostalgic tunes to keep the mood up as the year wound down.
I have to hand it to Jarvis Cocker for making a great singalong chorus that I’ll pretty much never be able to sing in the car with my kids. I’ll count Running The world as my favourite. What’s He Building? by Tom Waits confused my kids. FFunny FFriends by Unknown Mortal Orchestra was their favourite.
This month is mix of all-time favourites and new-to-me songs. No Doubt’s Don’t Speak, Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead Or Alive, and Biz Markie’s Just A Friend are singalong bangers. Get Me is probably my most played Dinosaur Jr song, thanks to it’s inclusion on the first The Trip compilation.
But the best track this month has to be 16 Words, a kindof protest song by Margo Guryan, who recorded the song at age 70. The lyrics are a repetition of a quote from George W. Bush asserting some bullshit about Saddam Hussein’s attempts to create weapons of mass destruction.